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Feds May Have Made A Huge Breakthrough In Cold Fusion

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A report from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) claimed government researchers had confirmed the existence of a cold fusion nuclear reaction. The report was allegedly authored by scientists from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and the University of New Mexico.

DTRA’s report includes several questionable statements unlikely to appear in an official U.S. government document, such as, “many U.S. military actions this century, and the most costly in the 1990’s, have been driven by, or consequences of, the geopolitics of oil.” The report also contains fewer headings than most government publications and uses an unusual type style. The report also claims the agency plans no follow-up research.

DTRA staff would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the report to The Daily Caller News Foundation, saying, “a couple of the individuals involved in the process are off station/ on vacation leave.”

But independent scientists told TheDCNF a cold fusion breakthrough is plausible, but the report is far from conclusive.

“My instinct is to ascribe these results to cosmic ray deuterons interacting with the palladium deuteride. I would be want this potential background to be addressed before I could interpret this as a finding of new physics.” Dr. Jeffrey Eldred, a particle accelerator physicist who works at Fermilab, told The DCNF. “Isotope effects on superconductivity have been demonstrated prior to these results.”

Cold fusion is a nuclear reaction that occurs at relatively low temperatures, rather than at millions of degrees. These types of nuclear reactions are plausible, but previous claims by scientists of the discovery of cold fusion have always been unable to be replicated by other teams of scientists.  Most government research into the process has been cancelled as a result.

Companies have been trying to create fusion reactors — not necessarily cold fusion reactors — for decades, since such power would be “too cheap to meter” and drive other sources of electricity out of business. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works group claims to be developing a compact fusion reactor small enough to fit in a truck, which could generate enough electricity to power 80,000 homes.

U.S. research teams claimed in January to have discovered a way to initiate nuclear fusion reactions in a process called “fast ignition” using a high-intensity laser.

German engineers from the Max Planck Institute successfully activated an experimental nuclear fusion reactor and managed to suspend plasma for the first time in December, 2015. The German reactor took 19 years and cost $1.1 billion to build. The reactor passed the major technical milestone of generating its first plasma at a temperature of around one million degrees Celsius. It could demonstrate the first stable artificial nuclear fusion reaction sometime later this year.

Other fusion power projects have been subject to repeated cost overruns, like the plan to build the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion reactor in France.

ITER was originally expected to cost approximately $5.7 billion, but cost overruns, design changes and rising raw material prices saw the amount almost triple to $ 14.9 billion. The project could end up costing $20 billion.

Daily Caller

67 Comments on "Feds May Have Made A Huge Breakthrough In Cold Fusion"

  1. Apneaman on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 11:27 am 

    I luvs me some 21st century technology.

    Samsung tell all Note 7 owners to return devices after car is gutted by fire started by phone

    “A Jeep went up in flames after its owner left his Note 7 charging on the dashboard.
    The company is warning customers to completely stop using the mobiles as stories emerged last week of the gadgets going up in flames.
    Several airlines have also banned the phone being taken on flights because of fears it poses a safety risk.
    The latest report of a Note 7 blowing up saw it set fire to a car as a young girl was about to climb into the back seat.”

    We at the height of our proficiency.

  2. Apneaman on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 11:33 am 

    Paul, I can’t wait for America to build the first coldfusion power plant.

    Why It Took 36 Years to Build America’s Newest Nuclear Power Plant

    Paul, I meant that literally. I’m 50 years old and at these speeds, I won’t be around when they cut the ribbon in 40 years. I can’t wait.

  3. Paul Maher on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 11:37 am 

    Here’s the DOD promotion of LENR, fresh off the Internet.

  4. Paul Maher on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 11:38 am 

    One more timely link.

  5. Paul Maher on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 11:44 am 

    Local, state and federal governments need to start a retraining effort across the Fossil Fuel Industry, or there will be major disruption resulting from especially from LENR devices. Time for the Government to “Provide for the general welfare” and help people make the transition.

  6. James Gutschmidt on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 12:58 pm 

    Did no one see the articles on sand for fuel. 40 percent of the earth’s crust is the fuel of the future. Unlimited, everywhere, cheap as dirt. Chem – trails contain barium and aluminum, by products of silica fuel burning in newly developed black opp military jet engines China and Russia, stand down.

    I’ve read articles of nuclear batteries small enough to carry in a back pack with a 400 year shelf life used for spy facilities in the himilayas. That was in the 1970’s.

    Figure that military technology is 50 to 100 years ahead of public knowledge. Cold fusion, no problem.

  7. Luke125 on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 2:09 pm 

    This is why Hillary said coal is dead .

  8. Gary W Carlson on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 4:04 pm 

    Yahoo needs to improve its science and technology staff to avoid junk articles like this one. There is nothing in here to support a claim for cold fusion at a rate that would be useful for power production. The mere fact that cold fusion reactions exist is old old news but the rate is too low to be useful.

  9. Bob on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 4:05 pm 

    What is it with this Web site and its love of Fusion? I don’t get it.

  10. Cloggie on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 4:49 pm 

    If one day fusion would work, nobody needs oil anymore or to worry about peak oil.

    What is so difficult to understand about that?

  11. HARM on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 5:30 pm 

    Who needs cold fusion when you already have unlimited quantities of hot bullshit, like this puff piece?

  12. HARM on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 5:37 pm 


    Fusion has become shorthand here for techno-copian cargo cultism, and the never ending stream of so called “breakthroughs” (which never actually produce any useable power to do any work). I guess it’s just fun to lampoon hopeless dreamers who prefer to fantasize about a future techno-fix that never arrives (always “20 years in the future!”) vs. actually trying to solve our growth-based problems. Pretty much an inside joke, really.

  13. HARM on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 5:44 pm 

    Another one of my favorite growther delusions: if we totally ruin this planet’s ecosystem, we’ll just colonize new ones! Never mind that no other planets in our solar system are the habitable by even the hardiest terrestrial microbe, and even the nearest known exoplanet is 4.2 light years (24,689,699,202,000 miles) away, much less remotely earth-like. We just need to master warp drive and/or long distance teleportation.

  14. Michael Mooney on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 6:49 pm 

    I’m 71 and have been an amateur scientist all my adult life. So here is another cold fusion story… Yawn! (Excuse me.) What’s new with that besides more bullshit? And somebody mentioned the energy- from- sand hoax. It was making all the big oil companies invest, big time.. Or so the social media claimed… like “trending.” And how about all those aliens among us?! My bullshit detector is nailing the peg!

  15. Byron Alexander on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 7:18 pm 

    I was excited about the headline and then saw the reference to the “Daily Caller,” a right wing propaganda organ. Too bad! It is almost for sure BS. The Daily Caller does not hesitate to lie; although why they are beating this drum is a mystery wrapped in the politics of the moment.

  16. Doug Atkins on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 8:04 pm 

    Skunkworks has one that would fit in a truck? Maybe I could put that in my truck. Enough power for 80000 homes would surely make my truck top dog on Street Outlaws.

  17. Outcast_Searcher on Wed, 14th Sep 2016 3:54 pm 

    Progress in cold fusion? Why don’t you tell us about progress in Easter Bunny science while you’re at it?

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